Lowering the patio slightly below ground level provides a sense of intimacy in an otherwise wind-swept mesa with uninterrupted vistas
This residence is located off the utility grid and is totally self-sustaining. Harvesting the minimal snowmelt and rainfall provides for the residence leaving virtually none for landscape irrigation. Extensive use of boulders as well as decorative aggregate of contrasting colors, shapes and sizes suffice as ground cover as well as creating a colorful and intersting palate. Pathways of stone and synthetic wood steps and limited planting beds of species native to the high desert complete the landscape.